The Dilemma of Holi Celebrations Amidst Bengaluru’s Water Crisis

As Bengaluru grapples with one of its worst water crises in recent memory, the city finds itself at a crossroads between tradition and responsibility this Holi season. In the midst of parched throats and dwindling reservoirs, advertisements for vibrant Holi parties featuring rain dances and unlimited pool access are splashed across the city.

Despite the glaring reality of water scarcity, hotels and resorts are enticing partygoers with promises of colourful chaos and pulsating festivities. From Aloft Hotel’s “biggest” Holi festival to Jayamahal Palace Hotel’s Hello Holi extravaganza, the allure of rain dances and unlimited colours seems irresistible to many.

However, amidst the fervor of celebration, voices advocating for a more responsible approach have emerged. Sunburn Union Koramangala champions a dry Holi celebration, emphasizing water conservation, environmental protection, and inclusivity. Meanwhile, Hotel Leela Palace offers a traditional “Phoolon ki Holi” experience, steering away from water-intensive revelries.

The dichotomy between extravagant celebrations and the stark reality of Bengaluru’s water crisis is undeniable. With depleted reservoirs and dry borewells becoming increasingly common, the need for mindful consumption has never been more apparent. Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar’s revelation of his own dry borewell underscores the gravity of the situation.

As the debate rages on, the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) remains seemingly unaware of the festivities, raising questions about oversight and accountability. Despite efforts to reach out to other establishments, responses have been elusive, leaving uncertainty lingering in the air.

In the face of adversity, the choice between indulgence and prudence lies in the hands of Bengaluru’s residents. Whether to heed the call for restraint and conservation or to succumb to the allure of extravagant celebrations is a decision that will shape not only this Holi but also the future of the city’s water resources.


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